Occasional guest reviewer Jill Sorenson is back with some mini reviews for us.
Hi Smexy! Thanks for having me back. I thought I’d do a quick wrap-up of some of the f/f and f/f/m stories I’ve read this year.
Forbidden by Em Petrova:
I requested this anthology on NetGalley because it had an f/f story. Noelle, the heroine, goes to an all-girl party with a murder/mystery theme. There are clues–and scantily clad ladies involved in shocking sex acts–around every corner. Noelle finds herself in a dark room being pleasured by a stranger. By the end of the story, she’s solved the “crime” and reunited with her mystery lady. They have HFN sexytimes.
My main problem with this story was the 70s porn language, like “love channel,” and “love honey.” Otherwise, I thought it was hot and flowed well. B
Tattoo Dream by Em Petrova:
I decided to try another Petrova, with mixed results. This f/f/m story features a threesome between a married couple and a waitress. Mystery Lover was erotic and unique. Tattoo Dream is porny and shallow. The waitress has about as much personality as a blow-up doll, but the marrieds declare their love to her after one hot night. I didn’t buy the “romance” at all. I’ll give it a C- because it wasn’t a chore to read.
Wickedly Wanton: A Regency Menage, by Kristabel Reed:
Even worse than Tattoo Dream! I’m not sure how I finished this one. Two virginal society chits decide to experiment with a notorious rake. The sex scenes are awkward and mechanical, but the characters seemed to develop genuine feelings for each other. Unfortunately, the heroine gets turned on by anything. The hero, the villain, her girlfriend, a stiff breeze… D
Firestorm by Radclyffe:
Radclyffe is the Nora Roberts of lesbian romance. I’ve enjoyed several of her books, and this one started off great. Sparks fly between two sexy alpha firefighter females. They have to shower and bunk together, and there’s a lot of strenuous physical activity. At one point, they share a bran muffin in bed. The romance fizzled and went downhill from there. C
Better off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon:
I was excited to read this lesbian UF by a debut author, and there’s a lot to like here. The writing is fantastic, the voice is snarky, and the sorority-girl orgies are mighty sexy. But I’m not a big fan of vamps or power imbalances, and the romance didn’t work for me. I stopped reading fairly early, after the heroine catches her lover in bed with her roommate.
That One Night in Vegas by Brindle Chase
Here’s a hot quickie about a married couple gone wild. They pay a stripper for a lap dance and get a whole lot more. Although this author is a guy, the story is written from the wife’s perspective and it’s not bad at all. I included it for those readers who might want to try a decent f/f/m story for free (on Goodreads). C+